BAE Systems has set out its explanation of the 1,775 job losses that are expected to result from restructuring proposals behind what it calls the “rationalisation of the UK naval ship business to match future capacity requirements”.
The job losses include 940 in Portsmouth in 2014 and 835 across Filton, Glasgow and Rosyth, progressively through to 2016.
BAE says a significant reduction in workload will follow the peak of activity on its aircraft carrier programme, the building of six Type 45 destroyers and two export contracts.
It went on: “The anticipated Type 26 frigate (pictured) programme will, in future years, address some of that workload reduction. In the interim period, a proposed contract for the manufacture of three Offshore Patrol Vessels will provide additional capability for the Royal Navy and sustain key shipbuilding skills.”
The company’s statement said that it had agreed with the Ministry of Defence that Glasgow would be the most effective location for the manufacture of the future Type 26 ships and that shipbuilding operations would be consolidated there.
Portsmouth will be “the centre of its Maritime Services and high-end naval equipment and combat systems business”.
Copyright Ken Hurst 2013